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Extra, Extra: A Good Day for Rush, a So-So Day for Ikea Monkey, and a Bad Day for BitTorrent Users

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • Star Columnist Martin Regg Cohn raises an excellent point: Why are we all obsessing over Tim Hudak’s sound bites about dismantling the LCBO, when what we should be raging against is The Beer Store?
  • Rush is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after years of snubs.
  • And Rob Ford, though officially on hiatus, found time to tweet about it. (Or, more likely, one of his staffers did.)
  • The latest development in the unfolding Ikea monkey saga is a shocker: the monkey likes Quiznos subs. Also, his owner wants him back.
  • Not to be outdone, Michael Hollett, editor and publisher of NOW Magazine, has written a column in which he tells the world all about how he had a monkey in the city before having a monkey in the city was cool. Maybe if he’d let the monkey wander around a furniture store, he wouldn’t have had to found an alt weekly to get his name in print.
  • Do you love torrenting your movies? Take note: Voltage Pictures is demanding that Teksavvy give up information about 2,000 subscribers who have allegedly pirated copyrighted materials. The internet provider has refused, but a court could force the issue. (Here’s a helpful link that serves as a primer to new copyright law and damages.)
  • Windsor, Ontario officials don’t care that Stephen Colbert called their city “the earth’s rectum.” They just want him to come march in their parade.
  • This Magazine is taking an unconventional approach to financing its year-end issue: an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The goal is a modest $3,500, and you have two weeks to donate.
  • Here’s a newsworthy fact that is nevertheless unlikely to be of interest to more than, like, two of you: Garry Tanuan has won the by-election for a seat on the Toronto Catholic District School Board in Ward 8. (That’s TCDSB Ward 8, which is in a different location than Toronto Ward 8.) Good for him.

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  • W. K. Lis

    The Beer Store is a private business. Unfortunately, it is worse than the government business, the LCBO.

  • water cooler shaman

    The LCBO is the most logical revenue device the government has. You pay for the health care you’ll need down the road, with the tax from all the liquor you damage your liver with now. If you don’t drink, you don’t pay. Makes sense to me.

  • Chris Orbz

    There’s no way that TekSavvy is the only company receiving customer info requests. TekSavvy is the only one notifying their customers and refusing to just hand info over on demand.

  • Haywood Yablome

    You do know that Rob Ford’s tweets are done by his assistant Tom (the guy who you first meet when you go to his office). Just like David Miller’s tweets were mostly done by Stuart Green.

    Dalton and Harper don’t do their own tweets mostly.

  • Anonymous

    Good for TekSavvy (my ISP for the last 5 years) standing up to this nonsense. I didn’t get a notice (judging from the Voltage Pictures site, I have much better taste than the vast majority of the things they churn out) but I’d fight it if I did. The new copyright act, at least with regards to suing for damages, is pretty much stacked in the favour of the alleged downloader as long as they don’t let themselves get bullied into settling, as I understand it. Stand up, make Voltage Pictures (or whoever) prove their damages claims in court (small claims court at that).